The Early Signs of Dementia
These 6 signs can help determine whether a loved one is developing dementia.
So you’ve been misplacing items, and it seems to be happening more and more. And recently, you got flustered and confused when you couldn’t find the exit in the shopping center. Depending on how old you are, it can be difficult knowing the difference between being too busy, or if you are beginning to show early signs of dementia.
Read through the following list. If any of the following apply, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment with your family physician, and she might then refer you to a specialist if necessary.
- Short-term memory loss –When you can’t recall interactions, you have had with friends and family recently, but you’re still able to remember experiences from a long time ago. While this happens to all of us to some extent, when it happens regularly, it’s more of a concern.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks – Certain tasks that we used to be very comfortable performing, now seem complicated and confusing. Everyone loses focus from time to time, but if you begin to experience this type of difficulty on a regular basis, you should schedule an appointment with your physician.
- Vocabulary and speech issues – Sometimes, saying something the right way is hard for all of us. But it’s not usually something we find difficult on a regular basis. If you find yourself regularly struggling to find words for your thoughts, then or you are a caregiver who is starting to notice this conflict with a family member – schedule an appointment with a physician to explore the depth of the issue.
- Sudden Disorientation – Being disoriented can be very scary if you’ve never experienced it before. Suddenly forgetting where you are or where you are supposed to be going can be very frustrating. We all experience this occasionally when we’re in large shopping centers, or when visiting parks, or expansive buildings for the first time. If you start to notice this occurring with more and more frequency, it may be worth discussing the issue with your physician.
- Difficulty adding numbers – Trying to figure out how much to leave your waitstaff for a tip is something we all struggle with every once in a while. But it’s usually more about the quality of service that leaves us guessing. However, if you find that you are only struggling to calculate numbers and subtotals and totals, this can be an early warning sign. See your physician
- Mood Volatility – We all experience moodiness from time to time… some of us more than others. For most of us, mood swings come and go and don’t have much of an impact on our lives. As we age, an early warning sign of dementia can be mood swings that increase with frequency and intensity. If you feel like you are experiencing these types of mood swings, contact your physician at your earliest convenience.
Whether you are researching for yourself, or you are looking into warning signs for a loved one, educating yourself and being aware of these warning signs and help with an early diagnosis, and provide you with early access to medications that may help. You may find out that your or your loved one do not have dementia at all. Either way, it’s always best to be aware and know when it might be time to seek professional medical advice.